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“Desolation Row”

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from the album Watchmen: Music from the Motion Picture

Released: January 26, 2009
Recorded: 2008
Length: 3:01
Format: 12" Vinyl

Digital download

Label: Reprise Records

Warner Sunset Records

Writer(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s): My Chemical Romance
(add. production by Rich Costey)

My Chemical Romance performed a cover of "Desolation Row", for the 2009 soundtrack of Watchmen. The song peaked at #20 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks in March, 2009. The first chapter of Watchmen ("At Midnight All the Agents") takes its name from a line in the song. This line is also quoted at the end of the chapter.

The music video for My Chemical Romance's version was directed by Zack Snyder (who also directed the Watchmen film and, as a result, features similar effects to that of the film). It features the band playing. After the show becomes sold out, and dozens of fans can't get in, a riot ensues as the band plays on. Eventually the police arrive but, are too powerless to stop riots both inside the show and out. Eventually a swat team arrives, arrests the band, and disperses the rioters.

During MCR's parts in the video multiple Watchmen imagery (such as Rorschach's mask and The Comedian's smiley face button) are shown.

The song was also the last to feature former drummer Bob Bryar , who left the band a little over a year after the song was released.


Chart (2009) Peak Position
UK Rock Chart 1
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 65


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